Atlanta mayor candidate calls for recount

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 11:52 AM

A city councilwoman says she plans to seek a recount in Atlanta's tight mayoral runoff.

Former state Sen. Kasim Reed led by 620 votes over Mary Norwood after Tuesday's runoff with all precincts reporting, but with hundreds of provisional ballots still uncounted. Elections officials say the provisional ballots will be tallied Thursday.

Reed is claiming victory, but Norwood said Wednesday she would seek a recount, saying she came within a razor-thin margin and that her message of change and inclusion resonated with voters across the city.

Reed and Norwood waged a hard-fought battle across the city and over the airwaves in the month leading up to the runoff. Norwood is trying to become Atlanta's first white mayor in more than three decades.

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ATLANTA (AP) _ A city councilwoman says she plans to seek a recount in Atlanta's tight mayoral runoff.

Former state Sen. Kasim Reed led by 620 votes over Mary Norwood after Tuesday's runoff with all precincts reporting, but with hundreds of provisional ballots still uncounted. Elections officials say the provisional ballots will be tallied Thursday.

Reed is claiming victory, but Norwood said Wednesday she would seek a recount, saying she came within a razor-thin margin and that her message of change and inclusion resonated with voters across the city.

Reed and Norwood waged a hard-fought battle across the city and over the airwaves in the month leading up to the runoff. Norwood is trying to become Atlanta's first white mayor in more than three decades.